THE SHOTGUN THROWDOWN: West Virginia divides rivalry games
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The West Virginia baseball team played back-to-back rivalry games against Marshall and Pitt this week. The Mountaineers hit three homers in beating Marshall, 7-3, Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore outfielder Mikey Kluska hit the first homer to score two runs, senior outfielder Austin Davis hit the second homer, and junior outfielder Victor Scott II hit the third. The Mountaineers managed to score five runs in the second inning, then added two more in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 7-0 lead. WVU finished the game with eight hits and just one error. Starting pitcher Zach Bravo went six innings and earned his second win of the season.
On Wednesday night, the Mountaineers traveled to Pittsburgh for the Backyard Brawl. The Panthers came away with a 9-6 win. WVU had nine hits, but three errors set the team back. The Mountaineers will continue their road trip this weekend against the #10 TCU. All three games in this weekend series will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
Six West Virginia football players participated in WVU’s Pro Day on Tuesday in Morgantown. Scouts from 18 different NFL teams attended. Running back Leddie Brown, kicker Evan Staley, kicker/kicker Tyler Sumpter and safeties Sean Mahone, Scottie Young Jr. and Alonzo Addae were the climbers participating in the activities. Of those six, Brown was the only one invited to this year’s NFL Combine. Despite running 4.64 in the 40-yard dash for the combine, Leddie opted not to try the 40 again at WVU’s Pro Day. He did, however, do a 225-pound Brown bench press at 18 reps. Young Jr. had 14 reps, Mahone had 13, and Addae had eight reps. Mahone had the fastest time on 40 yards at 4.56. Addae ran a 4.58 and Young a 4.68. These players hope to continue WVU’s streak of having at least one player drafted each year, which began in 2007.
WEST VIRGINIA OVERVIEW
- Fifth-year senior Taz Sherman of the West Virginia men’s basketball team will compete in the 2022 NABC Reese’s Division I College All-Star Game tomorrow. The game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
- West Virginia football coach Neal Brown wants his team to have a sense of urgency. He thinks making an effort as part of the program to prepare for the season-opening Backyard Brawl in Pittsburgh will help the Mountaineers get the outcome they want in this rivalry game.
- During the first week of spring football training, head coach Neal Brown explained how many of West Virginia’s offensive players were linemen, running backs and receivers. In defense, the few cornerbacks and safeties caught the coach’s attention in a positive way.
AROUND THE BIG 12
- Kansas will represent the Big 12 Conference in Game 1 of the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Jayhawks take on Villanova on Saturday at 6:09 p.m. ET on TBS.
- Nine Big 12 football teams will have quarterback competitions this spring, including West Virginia, and some teams have other questions to answer as well.
- Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy received a raise last week and will now earn $7.5 million a year.
AROUND THE NCAA
- Game 2 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four will be a rivalry game between Duke and North Carolina, and it will kick off approximately 30 minutes after Game 1 ends on TBS.
- Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss officially leave Conference USA to participate in the Sun Belt Conference. All three teams will join the Sun Belt this fall for the 2022-23 season.
- Despite not facing criminal charges, Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson could still be sanctioned by the NFL simply for being accused of misconduct.
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